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The European Association for Banking and Financial History (eabh) e.V.

Your history matters!

eabh maintains a global network of financial professionals and academics.

Banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions are members of eabh.


Our members recognise their responsibility towards society. A well functioning financial sector helps to increase the welfare of all.

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Our historians work on long-term topics that matter to the management of financial institutions and policy makers.

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Since its foundation, eabh has provided historical analysis and preservation consulting to bankers, supervisors and policy makers.

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Development Banks

Aldo Musacchio and Daniel Diaz

How well do states’ banks do? A comparative look on how state owned banks addressed distinct market failures

Coping with Disasters

Christoph Trebesch (Kiel Institute for the World Economy)

200 years of international official lending: characteristics, occurrence and determinants

The Rate of Return on Everything, 1870 - 2015

Moritz Schularick

Long run returns on real estate compared to other asset classes


Our network

eabh circulates sound research and information upon which today’s decision makers can rely.

The legacy of the past continually resurfaces to determine actions in the present and the future. Through eabh membership institutions gain access to a global network of financial history experts who can provide competent advice.

Benefits of membership

Recent publications

Social Aims of Finance

Rediscovering credit in financial archives


Architecture & Finance Vol. 3

eabh bulletin 2019/2020


Promoting Global Monetary and Financial Stability

The Bank for International Settlements after Bretton Woods, 1973-2020

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The Portuguese Escudo Monetary Zone

It's Impact in Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa

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Finance & History

The eabh Podcast

Conversations about precedents from financial history that give persepective to what happens today in the world of finance, politics and policy making.

Episode 1: Debt & Dictators 

eabh in conversation with Tobias Straumann

available from 24 February

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Development Banks

History, Role, Impact

23 Feb 2021


eabh in conversation with with Aldo Musacchio (Brandeis International Business School) and Daniel Diaz (Universidad de Cantabria)

in cooperation with IBF and Leibniz Institute SAFE

How well do States’ Banks do?

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Your Archive is an Asset!

Using your heritage as a corporate strategic asset

24 Mar 2021

Stockholm, Sweden

eabh in conversation (on zoom) with Anders Sjöman (Centre for Business History in Stockholm)

Discover how to convince your institution that it should keep its historic materials in a professional archive – and also set aside budgets for it.

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Easy Monetary Policy

Cure or Curse?

Mar 2021


Harold James (Princeton University) and Eric Barthalon (Head of Research Allianz SE) will take a long term perspective on easy monetary policies and their implications.

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